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Whatnot – 09/15/21

2022 PlannerGood morning! As you can see from the photo, I’ve been looking at planners. Why?? Because I realized that my beloved Passion Planner never launched for 2022. By now, I usually have it in my hands. I emailed them. No answer. Now they say they have supply chain issues and maybe they will launch at the end of the month. I’m sad. I went out and bought this one because my planning for next year starts now. As you know, planner shopping seems kind of ridiculous since we have no idea what will be going on next year. I mean, I thought I’d use my planner more this year and it didn’t happen. But, this girl has to have a planner. 

I am still waiting for My Heart is a Chainsaw to come in from the library. Since I finished Hamnet, what a book that was, I reached for my review copy of The Family Plot. I thought I’d read a few chapters and then promptly read 25% of it. What a fun story. I hope to be done with it soon. 

The Family Plot

Tonight, my book club will meet on my patio to discuss Hamnet. We’ll enjoy nibbly bits, drink, and talk about books. The perfect combination. 

I absolutely love this time of the year. Cool mornings and warm afternoons. I went looking for some fall candles this past weekend but didn’t find any I liked. I like outdoorsy smells, not foody smells like apple or pumpkin. The problem is that all the candles I love are $50. Ha! I can’t see myself spending that on a candle. Yes, I do buy them now and then as a gift to myself but I tend to lean on the practical side of spending. 

I don’t know if you fall into the Pumpkin Spice Latte camp but I tried their new drink, the Apple Crisp Macchiato. Let me save you some time, skip it. I don’t go to Starbucks often, maybe once a month? But that Apple Crisp drink sounded so good and I took one sip and said NOPE. It tasted like an Apple Jolly Rancher. So darn sweet and artificial. I had it iced. Maybe it’s better warm. 

That’s all I’ve got. Tomorrow I go for that additional imaging I mentioned. I have to go to the hospital for that and it’s a ways away. Not looking forward to that morning traffic. 

Have a good rest of the week. Tell me what you are reading and what you are making for football weekends in the way of food. 


Sunday Matters: Can You Feel It?

Sunday Matters

Hello friends! Here in Southern California, summer can go on for a long, long, time. BUT, all of a sudden it feels like fall to me. The other day we had a freak downpour that came out of nowhere, a few gloomy mornings and it’s been getting dark early. Time to light those candles!

Yesterday we got our flu shots and then had a lovely dinner with friends. The last time we had dinner was right before the initial shutdown. I was still working and I remember how unsure we were about the future of the virus. It felt really good to spend time with them after so long.

Update: the girl is negative for COVID. 

Right Now:

In a little bit I will head to church for student ministry. I am having a blast in this new role I have. I get to spend a lot of time with ALL of the students and many of the leaders. It’s fun to see where these students go with their faith.

When I get home at 1:30pm, I plan to hang out on the couch with Hamnet.

This Week:

I am hosting my book club this week to discuss Hamnet. It came up on me fast. I think we will meet on my patio.

I had a  mammogram the other day and it came back suspect. This often happens with me so on Thursday I have to go to a hospital in the valley for additional testing. While there, I will meet up with a co-worker for lunch. I think it will be okay but positive thoughts and prayers are welcome.


I finished and reviewed We Were Never Here. My library hold for My Heart is a Chainsaw hasn’t come in yet for RIP. Plus, my book club meeting came up fast so I will focus on finishing Hamnet and then hopefully by then my library hold will come in.


American Horror Story: Double Feature is really good and Only Murders in the Building with Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez has been really fun on Hulu. It reminds me of old school Clue.

Grateful for:

  • My daughter’s negative COVID test. She missed the entire week of school. Still feels sick but hey, it’s not COVID.
  • My son finally got his car back from Kia! The dealership in Wichita called him to tell him it was there so he went to pick it up. I mailed his car registration sticker to him just the day before so now he has the car to put it on.
  • Time. I’ve been collecting things to donate and I’ve had the time to finally sort through it all. A lot of it came from my daughter’s discards. The pup thinks we did away with her LOL.

Have a wonderful Sunday and check in if you can!